Believing in God
There are some words that we use often that seem to mean very little if anything at all to us.
Just last month we used a lot of these words — peace, love, hope, joy, goodwill and a few others. You see, there are still lots of things we just talk about but don’t believe in. God is the classic example.
There are very few people who believe in God. There are millions of people who have heard about God, but just a few believe. Legions of people talk about God, but only a few believe.
But truly, what is there to believe about God?
We don’t see Him, we don’t hear Him, we can’t touch Him, there is no particular smell we associate with Him, and some cry out “Oh taste and see the Lord is sweet!”. Really?
We have a lot of speculators, people who assume it is the Lord — they don’t think it is something else, so it has to be the Lord.
There generally seems to be a lack of certainty when it comes to God and trusting Him. We say that we do, but do we really?
Trust, and ultimately faith, comes with experience; experience of God. Having not experienced God, can we truly say that we believe in God?
What are we believing in?
The fact of the matter is that when challenges come we seek to rectify them ourselves. God in many places, for many people, is a last resort. Generally we do not trust God.
We talk about trusting God, we talk about faith in God, but this is really a fallacy and not necessarily a reality for the majority of persons.
Turning to God after we have tried everything is not trusting God, indeed I see it as desperation.
Too many of us operate like Emperor Constantine — we know there is something special about this God but we are not willing to commit.
The reason we have reservations in committing is that God may not have done anything specific for us. And even if He has, we may be oblivious to it.
It is when we are faced with a challenge and we turn it over to God — not throw our hands up in despair, not give up and hope some magician will solve it, but turn it over to God.
Turn it over to God, knowing, believing, trusting that He will sort out whatever is confronting us for our benefit. A large part of turning an issue over to God and believing that God cares and is still active in the affairs of the world is realising that He is not a genie that shows up and grants wishes when we kneel and close our eyes and refer to Him in highfaluting terms.
Much of turning an issue over to God involves action on our part. First and foremost is acknowledging there is a God and that fate and coincidence should not be mistaken for the mighty workings of God.
Christianity calls for maturity. Because God has not done “what we want” not necessarily anything for us, does not mean that God does not exist.
Just recently a colleague told me a story of a man on a ladder doing some electrical work on his house when a passing friend asked him if he was going to church. The man on the ladder noted his concern about the existence of God and that he preferred to stay and work rather than listen to the pastor rant and rave about a God no one could see. To this, the man on the ground quietly asked: “Can you see electricity?”
That man descended the ladder and not only went to church, but went to worship. It is time for us to turn to God and trust Him.